June 12, 2015
A lot of these drawings were done in quite a short amount of time in the class, which gives them a much greater sense of immediacy and movement. I’m still exploring the use of charcoal and I have been trying to focus more on tone in some of the drawings, as I have a habit of making drawings in a purely linear way.
May 27, 2015
In last night’s life class we were asked to avoid using line and to focus on tone on the figure through squinting and using charcoal. I found this challenging as the way that I usually draw is very linear, I was inspired by the way that some of my class mates were using the material and tried to use different approaches in this drawing. I remember once being told by one of my university tutors that charcoal is the closest drawing material that you can get to paint. At the time I remember scorning my charcoal, I had never been a fan – mostly due to my lack of confidence and practice with it. A few years later and I am happy with my progress, I still have a lot to learn but I’m finding it quite exciting!
Today I finally went to see the Richard Diebenkorn exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts. I have always loved Diebenkorn’s amazing use of colour, layering, and blurring between figurative and abstract forms. I made the most of my time at the exhibition and did a few colour studies in oil pastels. I could not find my yellow oil pastel however, so I later added some watercolour and acrylic to my studies (as Diebenkorn without yellow is impossible).
Berkeley 57, 1955 Oil on Canvas
May 26, 2015
I have been attending a life drawing class at the Royal Drawing School in central London now every week for the last month. The techniques, difficulties and triumphs of drawing from life brought me back to my days at university a few years ago. I remember being told that we should draw everyday, and this is something that I still agree with. Life happens though, and while art will always be my first love, drawing is not always a priority on the greater scheme of things. The drawing class has kept me making art over the last few weeks, in what would otherwise be a creative drought. Here are a few of my drawings that I have practiced using charcoal in.